At Noble Dental, we strongly encourage our patients to not only maintain regular dental examinations and cleanings to keep their teeth healthy, but we also recommend undergoing fluoride treatments.
Acid-producing bacteria that collect around the teeth causes tooth decay and can develop a sticky, clear film called “plaque.” Without good daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, teeth become more vulnerable to bacteria. Brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss, or another type of inter-dental cleaner, helps remove plaque.
Topical and Systemic fluorides:
Topical fluorides are applied directly to the tooth enamel. Some examples include fluoride toothpastes and mouth-rinses, as well as fluoride treatments in our dental office. Our dentists have used in-office fluoride treatments to help protect the oral health of children and adults, especially on patients who may be at a higher risk of developing cavities.
What are the benefits of a professionally applied fluoride treatment?
A professional dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay and maintaining excellent dental health in children and adults. Fluoride treatments are both safe and effective. Fluoride acts as a shield for the outer enamel layer of the teeth and even has the ability to reverse early dental decay in some cases.
What is a topical fluoride treatment?
A topical fluoride treatment is applied at our office after you have received a professional cleaning. Usually, a fluoride gel or foam is placed in mouth shaped trays (affectionately known as duck trays) and inserted into the child’s mouth for his/her teeth to “soak” in for a few minutes. After a fluoride application treatment, the dentist will suggest you not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow for optimum absorption. Fluoride can re-mineralize small imperfections in the tooth enamel by attracting calcium to the teeth. It can actually make teeth stronger! Years of research and use, have proven fluoride to be a safe and effective means of fighting and preventing tooth decay.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had a fluoride treatment, maybe it’s time to make an appointment? Call Noble Dental at (561) 440-3433!